The U.S. military is turning to the falcon in its hi-tech war against the threat of unmanned drones.
This isn’t the Marvel superhero Falcon, however.
The Air Force is studying the fierce birds of prey used by hunters for centuries to find its next drone-killing solution.
Researchers at Oxford University have found that the feathered predators have a simple system of aerial hunting that the government hopes to apply to a generation of drones that will hunt down other unmanned threats.
“Falcons are classic aerial predators … Our GPS tracks and on-board videos show how peregrine falcons intercept moving targets that don’t want to be caught,” Oxford professor Graham Taylor said.
“They do this in a similar way to most guided missiles. Our next step is to apply this research to designing a new kind of visually guided drone, able to remove rogue drones safely from the vicinity of airports, prisons and other no-fly zones.”