France says it is ready to use a squadron of four specially trained golden eagles, besides jamming or GPS blocking equipment, to neutralise drones following recent reports that Islamic State used unmanned vehicles to scout targets or launch attacks in Iraq or Syria.

“The fact that they can take off close to the actual target which they could be aiming gives you a short reaction time, even if the threat is a small-scale one,” said Philippe Adam.

France says it is ready to use jamming or GPS blocking equipment, and even a squadron of four specially trained golden eagles, to neutralize drones.