I don't think they are actually considering hawk to take out drone, they will just be using it for surveillance.All good. A new and novel strategy to bring down drones.
But the question is - how exactly will the hawk/eagle/raptor bring down the drone.
Even if it is a small quad copter drone, the heli blades will be rotating at hundreds of RPM. The metal blades or even composite plastic blades will cut through the soft tissue of the bird. In nature these birds of prey will swoop down and use its claws to grab and kill smaller birds.
Now grabbing a rotating object in the sky may seriously injure or even kill the predator.
So how does the Hawk/Eagle actually accomplish its task.
Even if it is a conventional fixed wing drone, it will most probably have a small turboprop or turbofan engine. The exhaust temperature of even a small turbofan engine will be in hundreds of Degrees Celsius. A turboprop engine will again have fast rotating propellers.
The risk of injury to the Hawk bird still persists.
The claws of the Hawk bird are certainly not made of steel. Or have they armour plated its claws.
I think it would be interesting to know the answer. What SOP's have been devised.