Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke
The Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke (VFW) was a German
aerospace company formed by the 1964 merger of Focke-Wulf and Weserflug.
The VFW can be said to have been a natural outcome of the 1961 rocket
technology development alliance between the two merger partners and
Hamburger Flugzeugbau in the Entwicklungsring Nord (ERNO) group.
In 1981, VFW was taken over by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB), which in
its turn was taken over in 1989 by DASA. Afterwards, the ERNO / VFW
descendant was active as the space infrastructure division of Astrium
contributing parts to the European Ariane space booster system and the
International Space Station. In June 2003, this unit became part of EADS