Ea­gle squad to fight drones

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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