VEB Fahrzeug- und Jagdwaffenwerk „Ernst Thälmann“, often abbreviated as FAJAS, was a publicly-owned enterprise manufacturing firearms and motorcycles from 1968 to 1990.


The predecessors of the enterprise were two main companies: VEB Fahrzeug und Gerätewerk Simson Suhl, a motorcycle manufacturer, and VEB Ernst-Thälmann-Werk Suhl, an arms manufacturer founded in 1954 by the merger of C.G. Haenel Waffen- u. Fahrradfabrik Suhl, J.P. Sauer & Sohn, Gebrüder Merkel, Firma Greifelt & Co. and Firma Otto Reif. The enterprise was named after Ernst Thälmann, a German communist politician.[1]

As an enterprise, VEB Ernst Thälmann produced rebranded Simson and Haenel arms, along with various AK-derived designs. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the company was privatized by the Treuhandanstalt and split into numerous companies.


VEB Ernst Thälmann produced various old Simson and Haenel weapons. They however also produced various weapons of their own making, such as the following:


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