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The Vulcan was built by A V Roe and Company (Avro) which had been incorporated into the Hawker Siddeley Group in 1935. In 1963, the Hawker Siddeley companies (including Armstrong Whitworth, Avro, Blackburn, de Havilland, Gloster, Folland, Hawker) lost their independent names and the last Vulcans were in fact delivered as 'Hawker Siddeley' Vulcans. In 1977, Hawker Siddeley merged with Scottish Aviation and the British Aircraft Corporation (a 1960 merger of the aircraft interests of the Bristol Aeroplane Co, English Electric, Hunting and Vickers) to form British Aerospace or BAe. When BAe merged with Marconi Electronic Systems in 1999, the company became BAE Systems.
The Vulcan's Olympus engine was originally designed and built by the engine division of Bristols which in 1960 merged with Armstrong Siddeley Engines to form Bristol Siddeley Engines Limited (BSEL). In 1966, BSEL was absorbed by Rolls-Royce.