Dutch Police Are Now Fighting Drones With Eagles
Photo: Eagle Attacking Drone (Photo via @CTVCalgary)
Earlier this week, the Dutch National Police (DNP) announced a new program that will use trained bald eagles to intercept and take down hostile airborne drones.
According to LiveSceience.com, the DNP has been testing the reliability and accuracy of the birds of prey alongside the company that trains the eagles, called Guard from Above. The testing was successful, and the police force is looking to add more birds to its force.
The birds—which have a wingspan between 5.9 and 7.5 feet when full grown—are excepted to be put into service in around six months, but officials are already calling the eagles “one of the most effective countermeasures against hostile drones.”
Hostile drones are classified as those which could attack public officials or crucial areas, and the birds have been trained to stop them and transport the remote-controlled aircrafts to another location to protect people.
In terms of harm to the birds, tough skin on their talons and lower legs usually protect them from the bites of their small prey, and the same can be said about the potential damage from the propeller blades on smaller drones. For larger drones, eagles will be outfitted with custom-designed talon protectors.
The Agence France-Presse shared video of the drone-attacking birds on YouTube:
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