[Rushtalk] EAGLES HUNT DRONES.

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sun Sep 3 19:27:20 MDT 2017



> Fantastic idea   United States  should take a lesson on this  . It is 
> especially true  that the bald eagle is our  symbol    I know 
> different bird  but the idea is the same
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> Interesting. Nature VS Technology
> *Where Eagles Dare: French military using winged warriors to hunt down 
> rogue drones*
> A golden eagle grabs a flying drone during a military training 
> exercise at Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base, Southwestern France, 
> February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX30HM1
> *A golden eagle grabs a flying drone during a military training 
> exercise at Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base, Southwestern France, 
> February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX30HM1*
> Following incidents of drones flying over the presidential palace and 
> restricted military sites – along with the deadly 2015 Paris terror 
> attacks – the French air force has trained four golden eagles to 
> intercept and destroy the rogue aircraft. Aptly named d'Artagnan, 
> Athos, Porthos and Aramis – an homage to Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three 
> Musketeers” – the four birds of prey have been honing their attack 
> skills at the Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France since mid-2016.
> A French army falconer works with a golden eagle as part of a military 
> training for combat against drones in Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force 
> base, Southwestern France, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - 
> RTX30HNZ
> *A French army falconer works with a golden eagle as part of a 
> military training for combat against drones in Mont-de-Marsan French 
> Air Force base, Southwestern France, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Regis 
> Duvignau - RTX30HNZ*
> “A drone means food for these birds,” Gerald Machoukow, the military 
> base's falconer, told FRANCE 24 
> <http://www.france24.com/en/20170214-french-air-force-deploys-eagles-intercept-rogue-drones-military>. 
> “Now they automatically go after them.”
> The use of hunting birds – normally falcons and northern goshawks – by 
> militaries around the globe is common practice in the fight to scare 
> other critters away from runways and so cut the risk of accidents 
> during takeoff or landing. But it wasn’t until 2015 when the Dutch 
> started using bald eagles to intercept drones that other militaries 
> started to see the benefit of these winged warriors.
> The French bred the four golden eagles – three males and one female -- 
> using artificial insemination since eagles are a protected species and 
> harvesting wild eggs is strictly forbidden. They chose the golden 
> eagle because of the birds hooked beak and sharp eyesight.
> Also weighing in around 11 pounds, the birds are in a similar weight 
> class as the drones they’re sent to destroy and clocking in at a top 
> air speed of 50 miles per hour, with the capability of spotting its 
> target from over a mile away, the eagles are deft hunters.
> To protect the eagles from drone blades and any explosive device that 
> might be attached the them, the French military designed mittens of 
> leather and Kevlar, an anti-blast material, to protect the bird’s talons.
> A golden eagle carries a flying drone away during a military training 
> exercise at Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base, Southwestern France, 
> February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX30HNX
> *A golden eagle carries a flying drone away during a military training 
> exercise at Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base, Southwestern France, 
> February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX30HNX*
> "I love these birds," Machoukow told Agence France-Presse 
> <http://en.rfi.fr/wire/20170220-born-killers-french-army-grooms-eagles-down-drones>. 
> "I don't want to send them to their death." The birds are first taught 
> to attack in a straight line before graduating to diving from heights. 
> Soon they’ll be patrolling the skies over the Pyrenees Mountains in 
> southern France and could possibly be deployed at airports and special 
> events, such as political summits and soccer tournaments.
> While an initial progress report on the eagles’ capabilities is due in 
> June, French officials say that the results are promising and the 
> French air force already expects four more eagles to join the fleet at 
> Mont-de-Marsan by the summer.
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