Thank you for the kind words posted in the reviews on publication of the story on the development of self-propelled guns "Puck". I want to answer also those with whom I cannot agree. I can not agree with the wording of the "unrecognized genius." Described история - This is a chronology of events for the development of an experimental model of self-propelled guns "Puck, nothing more.
There are no my claims to a high level of genius. I am ordinary among thousands of other employees of the design departments and, like everyone else, I have my own opinion, my own vision of the object of work, which is outlined in this story. Naturally, many will disagree with me. I respect their opinion. Perhaps they could not understand what I wanted to say in this story. It is my fault that I could not clearly describe this situation. On such a complex topic, it is not easy to do.
The history of these events shows that everything new is born in agony. Not everything is easily and simply realized. The implementation of individual ideas takes years and decades. Ideas such as a foreign body: first of all, cause a rejection reaction, a departure for the usual classical decisions. The prospects for managers to lose a career in the event of failure incline them to choose this direction.
When solving complex problems, it is impossible to completely exclude even serious tragic events. Such events occurred in space exploration both in our country, and in the USA and Germany. Leaders of design teams should have the courage to take responsibility to solve such problems. Without such people it is impossible to move on. Russia needs people obsessed with its idea, they need help in this.
The layout of the self-propelled gun "Washer" does not contain a secret formula for genius. It has only one advantage - it is an autonomous gun, carried outside the habitable, armored volume, operating in an automatic mode without human intervention. I can not agree that the described story is a slander. The slander must have selfish goals, but "I don’t take a bribe, it’s a shame for my power."
I want to answer about the "crazy ideas." The layout of the self-propelled gun "Washer" was not built from scratch. It was formed as a result of many years of work on the main functional units of the Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, the Tulip self-propelled mortar, the Hyacinth self-propelled gun and the Msta self-propelled howitzer. These are the results of the analysis and evaluation of all the pros and cons of various designs. All developed units were not my sick imagination, they were tested and adopted. I had no shameful punctures.
I can’t agree with the fact that the self-propelled gun with reclining supports is a “snag”. I used a similar method when developing the base plate of the Hyacinth self-propelled guns. This device fits harmoniously into the "interior" of the self-propelled guns. There is no alternative solution to this method and the developers of automotive cranes.
It is not advisable to disclose details of the loading mechanism and rate of fire of the self-propelled guns "Puck" in the media. It is quite enough what is said about this in the described story.