A press release and video by a company called 'Guard From Above' (GFA) shows the world’s first company specialised in training birds of prey to intercept hostile drones.
According to Chief Operating Officer, Ben de Keijzer and Chief Executive Officer, Sjoerd Hoogendoorn - the drones are taken down safely, quickly and accurately. "In nature, birds of prey often overpower larger and more 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 to protect our birds."
The Dutch National Police has asked the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) to research the possible impact on the birds’ claws. Although, the results are not yet known.
“For years, the government has been looking for ways to counter the undesirable use of drones. Sometimes a low-tech solution for a high-tech problem is more obvious than it seems. This is the case with our specially trained birds of prey. By using these birds’ animal instincts, we can offer an effective solution to a new threat.” - says Keijzer.
“In the past few years, Guard From Above has perfected the techniques of intercepting drones with different kinds and sizes of birds of prey. We are the world’s first company that can bring this unique solution to the market. We are extremely proud of our team and our birds,” says Sjoerd Hoogendoorn.
In addition to the Dutch National Police, some of GFA's clients are national and international security agencies.
Using birds to take down drones is that latest in a series of attempts to tackle the growing problem.