Secondly, it’s a country where there is an insurgency issue. So if you – you can consider building microwave link, a microwave network, but you’re going to have to put poles every 20 miles and if one pole is cut down, the network is cut down. What this allows is you to have a secure piece of equipment sitting in an area and it’s protected from any insurgency issues.
And so with this – in terms of the opportunities beyond these two, we see – there is another business opportunity related to these TRC-170 units that relates to upgrading other electronics that we could believe is a fiscal 2011 new business opportunity for us as well as with this foreign government, we believe that there is another potential order in fiscal 2011.
So this business in the last couple of years has been at a low point with two meaningful contracts and opportunities here with others on the way. So we feel very good about this product line moving forward.
Moving now to our Mobile Data Communications segment, and this is on page 15. What we provide here is a full suite of mobile satellite based communications solutions for the U.S. government.
At the end of the day, what we’re providing, we’re providing a satellite transceiver that sits on a vehicle. It’s attached through a cable to a ruggedized computer that sits in a cab with that vehicle. And it could sit in a Humvee, a tanker truck, a helicopter.
And what it allows, it allows the soldier sitting in that vehicle to be able to communicate with Central Command, with other vehicles that are in the field. And it also enables the Central Command to track those vehicles at all time. And in Iraq and Afghanistan today, it’s become an essential, a fabric key component of the overall communications infrastructure of the U.S. Army.
The reason that this technology became just – part of the core infrastructure was that when we first invaded Iraq for the second time I guess in 2003-2004, we had a number of tragedies in the first year of the war where soldiers were going the wrong way and getting captured where we had significant situations of friendly fire fatalities.
And the reason this was happening was that once the soldiers extended beyond the range of a microware radio, a terrestrial radio, they had no communications. So what we solved here is the situation, which is now pretty relevant to any types of war environment we’re in where when you enter that particular location, there is no – you don’t expect there to be any communications infrastructure.
And the only way you can ensure that there’s ubiquitous ability for a soldier in a vehicle to communicate beyond the range of that terrestrial network is to provide satellite. And as a result, over the last 10 years, we’ve sold well over 100,000 of these transceivers. And I’ll break that down for you within the two contracts that we address.
The first is movement tracking contract – the Movement Tracking System contract, which we’ve been selling to the U.S. government for 10 years. With this particular customer, and it relates to the logistics command of the U.S. army, we’re providing a full product. We’re providing a transceiver, we’re providing a network, we’re providing satellite air time, we’re providing service upgrade, et cetera, completely outsourced division similar to the way you have your relationship with the Verizon or AT&T for your cellular phone.
The current contract is a $672 million contract. There is $51 million of availability, dry powder if you will, under that contract which in fact expires in July 12 of 2010. And I’ll talk in a minute about the next, the future with respect to MTS.