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Dutch Police Are Now Using Eagles To Take Down Drones

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Private drones are quickly becoming the scourge of security forces the world over, forcing officials to develop a range of anti-drone strategies.

In Japan, they’ve gone with the mentality of fighting fire with fire, developing police drones which will ensnare suspect craft in a net.

In Holland, they have seemingly opted for a more low-tech approach, using eagles.

That’s right, Dutch police are actually training eagles to intercept drones.
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According to Konbini, Dutch cops approached a Danish organisation called ‘Guard From Above’ (“A Low Tech Solution for a High Tech Problem”) to find the right birds of prey for their operation.

Despite the birds using their feet to catch a drone with fast rotating propeller blades, they are reportedly trained how to catch and release the drones safely.

Allegedly, the police will decide in the coming months whether or not the eagles will be brought into active duty.


Personally I think on larger drones the bird is going to get hurt ...

Like this guy biggrin.gif

Edited by kaistledine - 2/3/16 at 7:33am
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As a Dutch-speaking person there's two things I wanted to mention that were brought up in the video.

- The bird catches the drone in its talons, but since their talons are fairly well protected, the bird shouldn't get injured by a classic plastic propeller at all.
- Despite that, they're still looking into solutions to provide extra protection without distracting the bird while hunting.

And hunting it is what they do, they mentioned in the video that they trained the birds to see the drones as prey. That's why you see the eagle carrying it off afterwards, it's taking it to a safe place and guarding it from other potential predators.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Leyaena View Post

As a Dutch-speaking person there's two things I wanted to mention that were brought up in the video.

- The bird catches the drone in its talons, but since their talons are fairly well protected, the bird shouldn't get injured by a classic plastic propeller at all.
- Despite that, they're still looking into solutions to provide extra protection without distracting the bird while hunting.

And hunting it is what they do, they mentioned in the video that they trained the birds to see the drones as prey. That's why you see the eagle carrying it off afterwards, it's taking it to a safe place and guarding it from other potential predators.

I just about managed to get that with YouTube's translated English subtitles, the rest of the video I still had no idea what they were talking about because YouTube's subtitles suck, especially when translated on the fly!
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Thats actually kinda cool. 😵
    
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I'll also post the link to the Reuters article here:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-dutch-police-drones-idUSKCN0VB136

It seems to have a bit more information, as well as some video's with subtitles thumb.gif
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Seems a bit dangerous for the eagle. Some drones have carbon blades. That thing won't bend and will cut the eagle talons.
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Unless you are talking about a big drone, I think eagle talons are plenty tough enough. Those talons are as hard as woodpecker lips.
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Unless you are talking about a big drone, I think eagle talons are plenty tough enough. Those talons are as hard as woodpecker lips.

Talons yes...but the rest of the eagles feet...not as well protected
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I almost thought they were referring to... Desert Eagles.
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This is nothing I got an army of pigeon I raised at my house that will take these drones out
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