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STRUTH! Eagles Declare War On Terror Drones

February 10, 2018 Coronavirus (Covid-19) No Comments Email Email

ONE of the world’s most unusual new squadrons is being trained-up for the French Air Force – four sharp-eyed golden eagles that can spot terrorist drones over 1.5km away, and swoop in at an amazing 80kmh to attack and instantly destroy them.

Named Athos, Porthos and Aramis after French author Alexandre Dumas’ famed Three Musketeers – plus d’Artagnan, the Musketeers’ friend – the use of eagles against drones was first mooted after the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

And interest in the concept grew when a number of drones were later detected over France’s presidential palace, above restricted military sites and near the Invalides Military Museum where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried.

The French Air Force’s four golden eagles – dubbed “The Winged Warriors” – are in training at the Mont-de-Marsan Air Force Base in south-western France, the three male and one female birds wearing military-designed leather and Kevlar (anti-blast material) mittens on their talons as protection against drone blades and explosive devices.

When they graduate, these remarkable birds whose grip is ten times more powerful than a human’s, will patrol busy air routes over the Pyrenees Mountains in France’s south, above major airports, and over events such as political summits and international sporting tournaments, to zoom in on at 80kmh, and snatch out of the sky and destroy any terrorists’ drones.

And another four of the birds are soon to go into training to follow them. Drones beware.

David Ellis

A FRENCH Air Force golden eagle swoops to attack and destroy a drone in exercises at Mont-de-Marsan Air Force Base in south-western France. Note the protective mittens on its talons. (French Air Force image.)

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