Dutch Police Using Eagles To Take Down Drones With Training Program

Best part here is that to help take out illegal drones during emergencies, the Dutch National Police Force training Eagles to take them down from the skies. No matter how many regulations are put in place, Drones are like flying birds that can capture photographs in 360-degrees, record videos, spy on other communities and so on like Google SkyBender (a solar-powered drone used to beam 5G Internet from the skies) and Amazon, planning to use Drones for shipping and delivery purposes etc. Drones are cheap enough now that frequent misuse is becoming the norm.

Is there any way when dealing with a dangerous drone? You can by flying it, can jam its radios to force it to autoland, or maybe try using an even bigger drone to capture it inside a giant net, or else you run the risk factor having the drone go completely out of control, which is even more dangerous. What’s new here is to get rid of such drones is to take help like Dutch Police, and train eagles to take down drones for you. No kidding here, everything in progression. Check it out right below after this jump.

The Dutch National Police paired up with a raptor traing company Gaurd from Above to train an eagle to recognize, capture and transport a drone with their talons, as part of efforts to simplify anti-drone defences. Stragegy that would use eagles to combat drones in situations when it could be menacing to use more norma intercept methods, such as police drones fitted with nets.

The video embedded below will show you a demonstration of the eagle’s work, which the National Police said in a statement.

Noticed anything? In Dutch, but here’s what it translates. The Dutch police know that drones are going to become even more of a big problem than they already are, so they’ve been testing ways of dealing with a drone in an emergency, like if drone is preventing an air ambulance from landing. Although, the police are looking into electronic solutions, at the same time physical ones, including both nets and fully trained eagles.

The Police force is also exploring nets to capture drones as for one optionalal reason, but trained eagles would give them more control over where the captured drones are taken down. The eagles are specifically trained to identify and capture drones, exactly in a similar fashion how most birds of prey react to drones, and thinking about the training, not a lot of that was necessary. After sbnatching the drone out of the sky, the eagles instinctively find a safe area away from people to land and try take a couple confused bites out of their mechanical prey before their handlers can reward them with something a bit less plastic-y.

What are the advantages using eagles to take down drones is that, you don’t have to worry about the drone taking off out of control or falling on people, since the birds are very intelligent and good at mid-air intecepts as well as bringing the drone to the ground without endangering anyone.

Here’s what Guard From Above says in an FAQ about potential dangers to the birds:

In nature, birds of prey often overpower large and dangerous prey. Their talons have scales, which protect them, naturally, from their victims’ bites. Of course, we are continuously investigating any extra possible protective measures we can take in order to protect our birds.
The Dutch National Police has asked the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientifi c Research (TNO) to research the possible impact on the birds’ claws. The results are not yet known. We are working closely with the Dutch National Police on the development of our services

According to the Dutch Police, these tests should last a few months, at which point the’ll decide whether using the eagles in this particular way effectively and appropriate means of preventing unwanted done use. They will decide upon adopting the program within a few months. Until then drones can fly on the skies of Dutch.

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