Adelos Inc. Awarded AFWERX Phase II Contract for Fiber Optic Sensor Perimeter Security System

Adelos Inc., a leading research and product development company specializing in fiber optic sensor systems, has been awarded an AFWERX Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Special Topic Dual-Use contract.

This award follows the successful completion of the Phase I evaluation of Adelos’ Phosonic advanced perimeter security system. Phosonic is an opto-acoustic ground-based sensor that detects, classifies, localizes, and tracks a variety of threat targets of interest to the US Government.

During Phase 1, Adelos engaged with key customers and end users on the adaption of Phosonic for strategic U.S. Air Force requirements. The Phosonic system exceeded critical achievement standards, showing technical merit and commercial potential during a US Government customer demonstration on February 20, 2020, at the Adelos Test and Demonstration Center in Montana.

Under the SBIR Phase II award, Adelos will extend the Phosonic application for strategic perimeter security in direct support of a highly specialized Air Force customer.

“We are honored to have won a coveted AFWERX SBIR Special Topic Phase II contract,” states Dr. Alex Philp, Founder and President of Adelos. “The competition was extreme for this award and we will be working with AFWERX and the warfighter to drive Phosonic forward. AFWERX has been critical to bringing this innovation forward.”


AFRL and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research process in an attempt to speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.2, and now in 20.R, the Air Force has begun offering 'Special' SBIR topics that are faster, leaner and open to a broader range of innovations.

About Adelos, Inc.

Adelos is an applied research and product development company specializing in fiber optic sensor systems for a range of advanced U.S. Government and commercial applications. The company is a subsidiary of S&K Technologies, Inc. and is owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Contract awards like this provide meaningful economic dividend to their CSKT shareholder, supporting programs involving education, language revitalization, services for elders, and other social investments. Learn more about Adelos, Inc. and Phosonic at: