Eagle squad to fight drones
AFTER months of tests, Dutch police will become the world’s first force to train and employ an army of eagles, using the centuries-old skill of falconry against the modern-day scourge of unauthorised drones.
In their first demonstration of their unorthodox new weapon, Dutch police on September 12 sent out two-year-old Hunter, a female American bald eagle and her trainer Ben.
As the “visiting” head of state emerged from her car at a police academy a drone suddenly appeared.
“Attack, attack,” came the cry, while sirens began wailing.
Hunter flew into action, heading for the drone and gripping it in her powerful talons before landing safely again a few metres away, still clutching her mechanical prey.
Pieces of chicken or turkey attached to the test drones have been used to reward the birds for their “kill”, attuning the birds to idea that the drones are in fact prey. –