Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC: Quote) Tuesday announced that the U.S. Department of State has awarded a contract to the company to continue providing staff to conduct peacekeeping operations and humanitarianism assistance training for the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance or ACOTA program. The contract has a potential value of $150 million over five years.
According to the company, it has supported the African Crisis Response Initiative/African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance or ACRI/ACOTA program since its inception in 1998 and designed the initial training materials and conducted computer-assisted peacekeeping exercises for African Partner Nations.
The company provides the staff and training to select African Nations through seminars, instruction, simulation-supported exercises and field training. Nations currently participating in the ACOTA program include Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.
Northrop Grumman also stated that work on the ACOTA program will be performed on site in the participating African nations and from its Leavenworth, Kansas, facility, where the company supports several other military training contracts.
Commenting on the program, Mike Devlin, Northrop Grumman Technical Services International Program Director, stated, "The ACOTA program is to arguably the most successful engagement program that the U.S. State Department has had in Africa. The objective is to enable participating nations' militaries to develop their own trained unit capacity to provide peacekeeping support operations where required."
"We've been supporting the ACOTA program for more than 11 years in 22 countries, and we embrace the opportunity to spend another 5 years supporting these African nations," said, Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services.
by RTT Staff Writer
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