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Alexey Ivanovich Sudayev
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Sudayev's grave at Vagankovo Cemetery
Born
Alexey Ivanovich Sudayev

(1912-08-23)August 23, 1912
Alatyr, Alatyrsky Uyezd, Simbirsk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died August 17, 1946(1946-08-17) (aged 33)
Alma mater Gorky Industrial Institute
Occupation inventor, engineer

Alexey Ivanovich Sudayev (Russian: Алексе́й Ива́нович Суда́ев; 23 August 1912 – 17 August 1946) was a Soviet firearm designer. He created the PPS submachine gun and the AS-44 assault rifle.

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 to function adequately by the Soviet army, though it was considered too heavy at 5.6 kg. Sudayev then worked on a second, lighter prototype that weighed only 5.35 kg. However, the second prototype had accuracy and reliability problems, which needed to be resolved. However, Sudayev became seriously ill and died in 1946, a week before his 34th birthday and before his design could be finalized.

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