Indian Army Establishes Centre of Excellence – STEAG to Research Future Communication Technologies, Enhance Capabilities

Indian Army


New Delhi: In a significant development to enhance its technological capabilities, the Indian Army has established the Signals Technology Evaluation and Adaptation Group (STEAG). Dedicated to researching and evaluating futuristic communication technologies like 6G, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and quantum computing for military applications, this elite unit will be the first of its kind, equipped with the capability to harness niche technology, leverage cutting-edge solutions and identify suitable cases for defence applications by fostering collaboration with academia and industry.


The primary objective of STEAG is to nurture technologies across wired and wireless systems. The focus will be on all upcoming critical technology domains including electronic exchanges, mobile communications, software defined radios, electronic warfare systems, 5G and 6G networks, quantum technologies, AI, machine learning, etc. STEAG will carry out technical scouting, evaluation, development, management of core ICT solutions, and provide user interface support by maintenance and upgradation of contemporary technologies available in the environment.


Underscoring the Army’s commitment to acquiring new technologies in response to the evolving nature of warfare, the establishment of STEAG will assist to maintain a competitive technological edge on the battlefield. By aligning with the principles of Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India) and Start-Up India, STEAG aims to bridge the gap between the armed forces, industry, and academia.

Playing a crucial role in fostering self-reliance in high-end communication technologies, which have traditionally been dominated by countries with advanced economies and research ecosystems, the establishment of STEAG as Centre of Excellence is expected to be a game-changer in India’s quest for technological self-sufficiency. Effective communication is paramount for operational success in the context of modern warfare. As superior communication technologies and the ability to connect various constituents for information sharing have a strategic advantage, STEAG’s establishment reflects the Army’s commitment to imbibe advancements in technology to enhance its capabilities in the digital domain and ensure seamless communication support during operations.

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