A soft impact location system and method which detects and processes wide-band acoustic signatures for testing long-range munitions. The system incorporates a real-time digital signal-processing algorithm that detects the impact signature, processes it, and calculates the time-of-arrival (TOA). The system comprises a polyphase filter bank, boxcar filter, a detection analyzer for detecting an impact, and time-tagging software for calculating the time of impact. The system splits the received hydrophone signal into evenly spaced energy bands, processes each band individually, and then recombines the data to provide a precise time of detection.
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