Dutch police have spent the past year testing trained eagles as a means of safely disabling hostile drones in public spaces. The tests were so successful that the police recently purchased juvenile eagles to train as future members of the force, working with officers to respond swiftly and efficiently to threats posed by airborne drones.
Ready for action
Dutch National Police (DNP) officials said in a statement that eagles will be deployed against hostile drones alongside other forms of technology designed to safely disable threats from the air.
Sighting the target
During a staged demonstration, an actor played a diplomat who was "threatened" by a drone's appearance during a public appearance. Eagles positioned atop nearby buildings demonstrated a swift response and quickly brought the drone down.
Talons at the ready
The eagles working with the Dutch police have been trained to treat drones as though they were prey, knocking them out of the air.
Neutralizing the threat
The DNP's young eagle recruits have wingspans that currently measure about 3.3 feet (1 meter) long. When the eagles are fully grown, their wings could extend between 5.9 and 7.5 feet (1.8 and 2.3 m).
After the eagles attack the drones mid-air and knock them out of the sky, they guard the drones on the ground until police officials can remove them safely from public areas. According to a DNP statement, the young eagles that were recently purchased for training will be ready for action in about six months.