ITT Corp. has won two contracts — totaling up to $800 million if all options are exercised — from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to operate and maintain facilities of the Afghanistan National Security Forces and train the group’s members to take over those duties.

The contracts are each for a year with four one-year options and are not linked; extending one doesn’t extend the other.

One contract, for northern Afghanistan, is valued at up to $450 million; the other contract, for southern Afghanistan, is valued at up to $350 million.  ITT’s Colorado Springs-based ITT Systems business will perform the work for the contracts.

“Under the unique structure of this award, we’ll be providing a robust support capability for ongoing security operations in Afghanistan, while training and developing local ANSF personnel to eventually take over this critical support mission in the future,” Michael Gulino, president and general manager of ITT Systems, said in a news release.

ITT Systems likely will hire “several hundred U.S. employees and several thousand Afghan employees to support” the two contracts and may hire a few workers in the Springs in support positions, said B.J. Talley, a spokesman for the unit.

The company plans to continue to recruit for 40 current openings in the Springs and more than 500 for overseas projects, Talley said.