Hunt­ing Ma­chines

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Snapshot - Mont-de-Marsan, France

A golden ea­gle grap­ples with a drone in an aerial bat­tle above an air­base in south­west­ern France.

Four golden ea­gles have been trained by the French mil­i­tary to tear in­vad­ing drones from the sky. D’Artag­nan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis (named after char­ac­ters from The Three Mus­ke­teers) were hatched out and fed on top of drones, to cre­ate an as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween food and the fly­ing bots. It takes around eight months to train the ea­gles, with a chunk of meat given as a re­ward after each successful cap­ture.

The un­usual tech­nique has been adopted amid wor­ries about rogue drones be­ing used to spy or launch at­tacks on French soil, after drones flew over the Élysée Palace in Paris and a re­stricted mil­i­tary site in Brit­tany in 2015.

The mus­ke­teers have cre­ated such a buzz that the French air force is re­ported to have or­dered a sec­ond brood of avian al­lies, ex­pected to be­gin train­ing this sum­mer.

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