"It could be tuned to target the electronics of a vehicle or explosive device, or tuned to temporarily paralyze voluntary muscles, such as those that control arms and legs."


"Lightning guns, heat rays, weapons that can make you hear the voice of God. This is what happens when the war on terror meets the entrepreneurial spirit"


"One example of the kind of businesses you can expect to find at the Flagship Enterprise Center is Pete Bitar? company. Bitar is working on a device known as a StunStrike, which could be used to protect a large building from invasion and someday to defend US embassies overseas."


"An Anderson company will get national attention this summer when its inventions are featured on The History Channel."
"'Set phasers on stun' is a familiar line to any Star Trek fan. Almost four decades later an Anderson company is bringing science fiction to reality."
"With the flick of a switch, man-made arcs of lightning streamed across the open space inside the DTE Energy building on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard."
"The Stunstrike, or the lightning in the briefcase, and the Photonic Disruptor, a green laser that can temporarily blind a target, already have some military contracts and could eventually tap into a multi-billion dollar market."

"Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe."


"Since the ammunition is merely light or radio waves, directed-energy weapons are limited only by the supply of electricity. And they don't involve chemicals or projectiles that can be inaccurate, accidentally cause injury or violate international treaties."


"...Can temporarily disable an enemy combatant without using any form of projectile or other means of direct contact."
"Taking home the top award and $10,000 in prize money is Anderson-based Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS). The company develops non-lethal weapons."


"But this isn't the only technology developed to stop the enemy without lethal force. Stun Strike uses an electrical discharge to shock people."


"Some troops are trying small lasers to temporarily blind opponents in cars or on foot."

Press Releases:

Quarter 1, 2014 (Anderson, IN): XADS’ long-time Advisory Board member, Dr. Bill Wylam, has passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014. Bill was a great family man, and a man of faith, and was a pioneer in electric vehicles and battery technology, spearheading General Motors’ EV1 project in the mid-1990’s. Bill has been on the XADS Advisory Board since 2004, and was a founding member. He will be greatly missed.

Quarter 1, 2014 (Las Vegas, NV): XADS introduced LightShield  to the world in its official debut at Shot Show in Las Vegas on January 15, 2014. The product is a Class IIIA mini-shield for riot and SWAT entry applications in law enforcement, both domestic and international markets. LightShield is enhanced with Kevlar® and titanium layers, and offers as an accessory, a 32,000 lumen area light, designed to temporarily dazzle and distract an aggressor, as well as provide ample illumination to a dark space in entry situations. It can also be used in traffic stops. The LightShield system starts at just $795.00 and can be upgraded with additional armor, the lighting system, and other accessories. Please e-mail info@XtremeADS.com for more information.

Quarter 3, 2013 (Anderson, IN): XADS is offering the newly upgraded Xap™ Counter-Threat system for car-stopping and other threats, to the private and corporate security market. Each installation of the system is custom to the customer’s requirements and application, and the system is modular and scalable enough to be applied to a variety of scenarios, including facility protection, dock and harbor-side security, checkpoint security, and gated community protection. Please direct all inquiries to info@XtremeADS.com . 

Quarter 1, 2013 (Anderson, IN): XADS has moved into its newly renovated offices and facilities at the newly-established Anderson Innovation Center in Anderson, IN. With over 80,000 square feet and 12 acres of available land, along with full CNC capabilities, and fully climate-controlled buildings, XADS stands ready to meet customer and warfighter needs as they arise, at very competitive overhead costs.

Quarter 3, 2012 (Anderson, IN): XADS has just signed a $3 million contract with Marine Corps Systems Command for continued characterization and analysis work on its Xap® Counter-IED Technology. The contract was issued through MARCORSYSCOM, Quantico, VA on Sep 28, 2012.

Quarter 1, 2012 (Anderson, IN): XADS has received a low-rate, initial production (LRIP)) order for several TransXap™ Counter IED systems to be fielded by year end. Details are confidential.

Pete Bitar, CEO, says that "this opportunity to field a meaningful number of systems brings XADS' people an honor and a privilege to make a difference for our nation's warfighters in the field of battle. This step also moves XADS from being an R&D company to a more manufacturing oriented organization. We look forward to growth and successful development of new products as well".

Quarter 2, 2011 (Anderson, IN): XADS has received a contract through the Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) to deliver, integrate and test 4 RoboXap Counter-IED systems for testing and ultimate fielding assessments in Afghanistan. The contract will be complete in September, 2011. RoboXap systems are designed to predetonate IEDs ahead of dismounted patrols, who are the most vulnerable of our troops in Afghanistan.

RoboXap is a low-cost, very cutting edge technology that will help end the scourge of IEDs for our troops and civilians alike who find themselves in harm’s way. We believe this technology could be easily and extensively proliferated to make a real difference in the fight against terrorism.

Quarter 1, 2011 (Anderson, IN): XADS has received a contract through ITT Corporation for the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) to deliver 4 TransXap, Counter-IED systems for testing and, if successful, ultimate deployment in theater to destroy roadside bombs.

XADS is extremely pleased to be able to pursue the opportunity to field Xap technology and ultimately help to save lives on the battlefield and help mitigate the effects of Improvised Explosive Devices on our troops and civilians alike.

Quarter 4, 2010 (Anderson, IN): XADS has received an order for its first sale of the TR3 Counter-Piracy, Long-Range Laser system from Maersk Line Ltd. The order was delivered and fielded in December and used to great effect in preventing piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden.

Maersk has proven to be a great partner in both testing and fielding the TR3 and has set a pioneering example to the industry in deploying cutting-edge technology to help stop the growing piracy threat around the world.

Quarter 3, 2010 (Anderson, IN): Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS), a pioneering producer of electrical discharge counter - improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems and non-lethal laser systems in Anderson, Indiana, would like to welcome Lieutenant General Tom Metz, USA (Ret) to the company’s Advisory Board. 

LTG Metz retired from the Army in Jan 2010 after completing more than 40 years of active duty service on behalf of our country.  His tour of duty prior to retirement was as the Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), leading the DOD organization tasked with finding and fielding ways to defeat the IED threat.  A graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point, LTG Metz joined the Army in 1966 and served with the highest distinction throughout his career in a variety of challenging assignments.  He has commanded operational units at every level, from Platoon to Corps, and as Commander of III Corps he deployed with the Corps to Iraq where he commanded the Multi-National Corps - Iraq in combat.  In addition, LTG Metz Metz holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

"I am extremely proud to welcome Lieutenant General Tom Metz to our XADS Advisory Board!", stated Pete Bitar, owner of Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems. " He brings with him a wealth of operational knowledge and competence that spans five decades of dedicated service, coupled with his more recent experience leading the Joint IED Defeat Organization.  The fact that he has an MS in Mechanical Engineering and has taught engineering at West Point add to his already broad knowledge base.  He has already proven himself to be an invaluable advisor with incredible insight, whose counsel will help guide XADS' efforts to develop and field effective C-IED systems for our country's warfighters."

Quarter 2, 2010 (Anderson, IN): XADS is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Research and Technology Fund in the amount of $1.0 million to further develop Xap technology for military use.

The funding will help us prepare the technology for what we anticipate will bring new contracts with the DoD and give us the ability to accelerate production schedules for future contracts, as well as keep intellectual property within XADS at the same time.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with the State of Indiana into the future, helping bring cutting edge technology to the military and creating jobs here in the State.

Quarter 2, 2009 (Anderson, IN): Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS),  a pioneering producer of Non-Lethal and anti-materiel Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) based in Anderson, Indiana  has announced the appointment of Lieutenant General John F. Sattler, United States Marine Corps (Ret.), as Mentor to the company's Advisory Board. 

A highly decorated officer, General Sattler retired in 2008 after more than 37 years of active duty service. His last post was as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, The Joint Staff, based in Washington D.C. General Sattler previously served as Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, commanding forces in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy he has also served as the Congressional Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives, Commanding General, 2D Marine Division and deployed as the Commander, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.

“John Sattler is a superb military leader, with significant planning, operations, training and counter terrorism experience”, said Pete Bitar, Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems founder and CEO.   “I am confident that General Sattler will serve with distinction, in helping to guide XADS strategy and policy. We are fortunate to have available within our organization the wealth of knowledge and experience that he has accrued from four decades of service to his country.  John Sattler will help ensure that XADS is focused on assisting our country’s service people in performing their mission in as effective and safe a manner as possible.”

QUARTER 4, 2008 (Anderson, IN): XADS was awarded a contract to deliver 20 of its smaller StunStrike Counter-IED systems to NSWC Crane. The funding was made possible by a Congressional Earmark through our Congressman, Mike Pence for FY2008 in October, 2007, and we are pleased that the funding and contract has finally come through to XADS. 

The new, modular, "plug-n'-play" C-IED systems have been developed outside of government funding, through internal R&D over the past few years, and we are pleased to be able to release these for DoD use, en masse, in the near future. Already, XADS has found a great deal of interest among several DoD customers, and we look forward to moving into a large-scale production of these new products in 2009. 

Pete Bitar, President/CEO of XADS said "with this new contract, XADS is able to answer the demands of the EOD and Counter-IED communities with a product they can use immediately, particularly as a surge in Afghanistan is anticipated". 

Quarter 4, 2008 (Anderson, IN): Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS), a pioneering producer of Non-Lethal and anti-materiel Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) based in Anderson, Indiana, has announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Claude V.(Chris) Christianson, United States Army (Ret.), to the company's Advisory Board.


General Christianson retired in June 2008 after more than 37 years of active duty service. His last post was as Director for Logistics, J-4, The Joint Staff, located in the Pentagon. As a recognized leader in the area of logistics technology and logistics management, General Christianson was the principal Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) logistics operator while serving as the C-4/J-4 for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command. That experience has served him well in his subsequent assignments as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Department of the Army; and as the J-4 on the Joint Staff. He is committed to leveraging technology in the effort to better support and protect our forces.

“Chris Christianson is a superb military leader, with significant knowledge and experience in the logistics and planning arenas at all levels as well as his early experience as an infantry officer”, said Pete Bitar, Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems founder and CEO. “General Christianson was in charge of the logistics effort during the Iraqi Freedom invasion, coordinating Army, Marine Corps, and British forces in the fastest invasion in military history. I am confident that General Christianson will serve with distinction on the XADS Advisory Board. We are fortunate to have available within our organization the wealth of knowledge and experience that he has accrued in four decades of service to our country. Chris will help ensure that XADS is focused on providing products that will assist our country’s service people in performing their mission in as effective and safe a manner as possible.”


Quarter 4, 2008 (Anderson, IN): XADS received the Indiana Entrepreneurial Leadership Award for Innovation on October 28, 2008. XADS was among a group of 14 other companies to receive the award at the Indiana Roof Ballroom at the Indiana University and Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)-sponsored gala event. The award was presented to Pete Bitar, CEO and Rick Busby, CTO by Mr. Nate Feltman, Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce.

XADS was the smallest and among the youngest companies in the group, and is extremely honored to be recognized as a peer with the other, amazing Indiana companies, for its technological leadership in the field of developing weapon systems which save lives. XADS is continuing its efforts to drive technology in the military space forward.

Quarter 3, 2008 (Anderson, IN):XADS has been selected among the State of Indiana’s inaugural class of the top 50 Companies to Watch, a statewide competition involving over 420 nominated companies, evaluated by the State’s leading financial and business leaders. The Companies to Watch program focuses on high-growth, high-technology companies in early stage development, with annual revenues ranging from $750,000 to $100 million. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), a State agency focused on economic development, awarded the prize. The award ceremony took place August 27.

 Additionally, XADS won the grand prize of the evening in a drawing, worth $10,000.00 in researcher time from Purdue University. Read more on this story at this link.


Quarter 3, 2008 (Anderson, IN):  XADS received an additional $153,206 for work done on Task Order 2, Contract N00164-06-D-6657 as of September 30, 2008, bringing the total contract value to just under $2.7 million. The funding was for work already completed in delivering its patented StunStrike IOD in April, earlier this year. We are looking forward to additional task orders and contracts and expect to be making announcements in Quarter 4 of this year (2008) .


Quarter 4, 2007 (Anderson, IN):XADS, a Directed Energy Defense Contracting Firm, announces that they have received a $2.53 Million contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, IN for development activities relating to Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) technology.

The current contract is a subsequent task order based upon an original $1.28 Million R&D contract for C-IED technology received in 2006 for engineering development and verification testing of the StunStrike™ Improvised Ordnance Detonator (IOD). The program was requested by the U.S. Marine Corps and is an outgrowth of technology development and testing activities completed the first quarter of 2007. Delivery of this next generation IOD system will take place in first quarter 2008.  Funding for this latest contract is provided by the US Military's Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).

XADS President & CEO, Pete Bitar, states that “this effort is an opportunity to provide mission support and protect the soldiers in the field, as well as the innocent lives, against these ruthless devices.  The proprietary StunStrike™ IOD technology, which has been developed and patented by XADS, is proving to be a valuable capability to counter the hazards of roadside bombs and other threats in current theaters of conflict.”

Quarter 2, 2005 (Anderson, IN): Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS) Ltd., a pioneering producer of less-than-lethal defense technologies for use in combat and law enforcement, has been tapped by the Department of Navy to aid in the development of the next generation of non-lethal, directed energy weapons. Pete Bitar, Chief Developer and President of XADS, has forged the alternative weapons field with the innovative StunStrike defense systems. StunStrike, a Department of Defense, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awarded program, is a patent-pending technology, which delivers aimed electrical energy to a specific objective in order to effectively deter or disable a target in a non-lethal manner.

Through a series of DoD SBIR contracts XADS has been commissioned to develop a man-portable, battery-powered Close Quarters unit prototype with a range of up to 10-feet and a vehicle mounted, generator-powered Short Range unit with a scope of approximately 35-feet. The XADS StunStrike units maintain the major potential functions of various security applications including, but not limited to:

* Non-lethal Area Denial 
* Vehicle Disabling 
* Defense Against Incoming Ordnance 
* Controlled Pre-detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices and Land Mines
* Hostage and other Rescue Operations 
* Defense of Military Convoys & Outposts

Force Protection Systems Engineer George G. Gibbs of the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command remarks: "The Marine Corps continues to look to the future for new and innovative ideas. The Phaser (on Stun) was certainly invented by the Star Trek series, but StunStrike, invented by XADS, is the closest thing there is to bringing that fiction to reality. Once proven, this will be a tremendous asset for the Department of Defense.

Additionally, XADS is further extending its reach into the military and law enforcement marketplaces with the state-of-the-art Photonic Disruptor, Green (PD/G) dazzling laser series. The PD/G series, which has been deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom, is designed to flash-blind and disorient an aggressor without any long term effects. This allows the soldier or law enforcement official time to seize control of a potentially hazardous situation. A citizen version (the PDLP) based on the same foundational technology as the military-grade PD/G is available for sale to the general public at the XADS web site, www.XtremeADS.com.

Pete Bitar affirms, XADS believes that the innovative systems we are developing offer military, police forces, private security companies, and even responsible citizens enormous flexibility and options, which could dramatically alter the nature of law enforcement, combat solutions, peacekeeping operations, personal protection and other engagements requiring the deployment of physical force.


XADS seeks to change the nature of the use of force in 21st century military, law enforcement, and security operations by offering practical, non-lethal resolutions for military and police operations.

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