STEP is a shortcut for 'Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program'.
STEP is a program that was established by the US Navy to evaluate and assess new technologies and equipment for use aboard naval vessels.
The STEP program involves testing and evaluating a wide range of technologies and equipment, including navigation and communication systems, weapon systems, sensors, and other advanced technologies. The program is designed to help identify new and emerging technologies that can enhance the capabilities and effectiveness of naval vessels, and to provide feedback and recommendations to the manufacturers and developers of these technologies.
Examples of technologies that have been evaluated under the STEP program include:
- Advanced radar and sonar systems for improved situational awareness and target detection
- Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance and reconnaissance
- Integrated bridge systems for improved navigation and communication
- Electronic warfare systems for enhanced self-defense capabilities
- Improved propulsion and power systems for greater efficiency and sustainability
The STEP program has played a critical role in helping the US Navy to stay at the forefront of technological innovation in the maritime domain, and has helped to ensure that its vessels remain equipped with the most advanced and effective technologies available.