French Air Force Trains Eagles To Catch Drones

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.

France says it is ready to use a squadron of four specially trained golden eagles, besides jamming or GPS blocking equipment, to neutralise drones following recent reports that Islamic State used unmanned vehicles to scout targets or launch attacks in Iraq or Syria.

The specially trained birds of prey are named after the main characters in Alexandre Dumas’ historical novel, ‘The Three Musketeers’ – Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and D’Artagnan.

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