Which Irish company will become the first to have its trains shot down over the next decade?
As a new era of air-to-air combat begins to take hold in the Middle East, the Irish government is set to announce plans to expand the country’s military presence in the region.
Siemens Training Academy (STA), a subsidiary of the German firm Siemens, has announced plans to build a new facility in Jordan, where the company has a training centre, a logistics hub and a training and training-related business.
The new facility will have facilities including a hangar for training, and will also house training vehicles, a military radio, and other support equipment, according to a press release.
The news comes amid reports that the government will expand the military presence of its forces in the Jordan region, which has been a flashpoint of conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
The two countries have engaged in a decades-long proxy war that has led to thousands of Palestinian deaths and displaced millions.
In the past two years, Israel has used airstrikes and ground assaults to drive back the Palestinians and cut off the flow of goods and services from the Gaza Strip.
The announcement of the new facility comes as the Israeli air force has intensified its efforts to target the Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza strip.
The Israeli military has also launched an offensive in the West Bank, where Israeli troops have targeted the homes of the families of Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces.
The IDF has launched several large-scale operations in the past few months aimed at cutting off the Gaza flow of smuggling tunnels into Israel and Hamas.
Israel also launched a series of airstrikes against Palestinian targets in the Gaza border area, with more than 30 strikes and 14 deaths reported.