US Air Force studies falcons to develop a drone killer

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY PHILIPPE BERNES-LASSERRE A royal eagle catches a drone during flight during a military exercise at the Mont-de-Marsan airbase, southwestern France, on February 10, 2017. As malicious or poorly controlled drones are becoming more and more a security threat, the French army explores all options for defence. They train royal eagles for six months at the airbase to chase drones. / AFP / GEORGES GOBET (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

In our ongoing series of drone killers, called Drone Defense, we now learn that the US Airforce has funded research to study how peregrine falcons approach and target their prey. Many of the raptor’s attack skills may one day be used in creating an effective drone-defense system to help keep soldiers safe.

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