|Alexey Ivanovich Sudayev|
|Born||Alexey Ivanovich Sudayev
August 23, 1912
|Died||August 17, 1946
He lived in Leningrad, and participated in the defense of the city. The PPS was developed to be mass-produced for the defense of Leningrad.
Sudayev designed one of the first Soviet assault rifles for the new intermediate cartridge 7.62×39mm, the AS-44. The first prototype was tested in 1944, and found as working adequately by the Soviet army, but considered too heavy at 5.6 kg. Sudayev then worked on a second, lighter prototype that weighted only 5.35 kg. However this prototype had accuracy and reliability problems, yet to be resolved. Sudayev however fell severely ill and died in 1946, a week shy of his 34th birthday, before his design could be finalized.