Israeli “Angry Bird” Will Hunt Enemy Drones

Among the impressive offerings at this year’s high-tech showcase – an autonomous drone hunter.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: IDF, TECHNOLOGY
Illustration. Enemy use of small drones is a problem Israel's "Angry Bird" aims to solve. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90
Illustration. Enemy use of small drones is a problem Israel's "Angry Bird" aims to solve. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90

The “Goshawk” is an autonomous drone hunter that its makers say they modeled on birds of prey.

Popularly known in Hebrew as the “Angry Bird,” the Goshawk was on display at this month’s GoForIsrael investment conference in Tel Aviv, a showcase of Israeli high-tech solutions across various industries.

The Goshawk is currently being developed by Israeli firm Robotican, which specializes in autonomous robotic platforms, in partnership with the Israeli Air Force.

So, what problem does it solve?

The Israel Air Force already has advanced radar systems and defensive platforms for spotting and eliminating larger enemy aircraft and drones.

But in these days of miniaturized high-tech warfare, even low-tech enemies like Hamas are increasingly making use of small drones that can evade traditional radar to wreak havoc.

There have been efforts to train actual birds of prey to hunt these smaller drones, but they ultimately proved too unreliable and uncontrollable for a large-scale military-type of scenario.

The Goshawk borrows some of the flight patterns and attack behaviors of real birds of prey, combining those with advanced algorithms to quickly calculate a target’s trajectory and map a course of interception. And all of this happens autonomously. No human pilots or direct human intervention is necessary.

Israel’s “Angry Bird” can be deployed to a specific area and left to hunt down unauthorized drones completely on its own.

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