After a couple of drones were spotted buzzing over the French presidential palace in 2015, the country’s military decided it needed to come up with a plan to defend against these small unmanned aircrafts. That’s when they hatched the badass idea to raise drone fighting eagles to rip any hovering aircraft out of the sky that may be carrying spy cameras, or even bombs.
In 2016, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan were born, and right from birth their training began. Hatched on the wreckage of old drones, the eagles were bred to be drone hunting/killing machines. Feeding the eagles on top of the wrecked drones gave the young eagles an inclination to hunt drones just as if they were prey, according to the Agence France-Presse.
If you’ve watched any of CarbonTV Eagle Cam footage, you know by now that eagles are excellent hunters. Capable of seeing their prey from over a mile away and the ability to sore at nearly 50 mph, the golden eagle is a magnificent bird of prey.
To prevent the birds from getting harmed on the job, the military is reportedly in works developing protective mittens made of anti-blast material, to protect their talons.