The bird covered 200 meters in 20 seconds, slamming into a drone, then diving with the wreckage into the tall grass.
"The eagles are making good progress," said the French air force's commander of a program that adapts the ancient art of falconry to the threats of unmanned flight.
Weeks earlier, on the other side of the world, Iraqi soldiers fired their guns wildly into the sky after a small drone dropped a bomb on them. Terrorists have been modifying devices that can be bought in toy stores into weapons and radio-controlled spies, the Associated Press reported.
The French have been concerned since early 2015, when drones flew over the presidential palace and a restricted military site, according to Agence France-Presse.
No one was harmed. But terrorist attacks later that year, including the November massacre in Paris, inspired military officials to creative prevention.
They wanted a way to take down drones without shooting at them — a potential disaster if one went rogue in a crowded area.
With unmatched speed and sight and bone-crushing talons, birds of prey have been trained to hunt for hundreds of years — for other animals, of course. But a wild eagle demonstrated natural hostility to a drone in Australia — as the doomed machine's final footage revealed on CNN.
Thus, in France, four eggs "were placed before birth on top of drones while still inside the eggshell and, after hatching, kept them there during their early feeding period," Reuters reported in November.
The eagles were named after characters in "The Three Musketeers," and by February proved capable of intercepting drones in lightning-fast horizontal chases.
The military has already ordered a second brood of eagles, according to the outlet.
Meanwhile, d'Artagnan and his siblings will be outfitted with high technology to carry on their war against machines.
"The military is designing mittens of leather and Kevlar, an anti-blast material, to protect their talons," Agence France-Presse reported.