FN stopped making motorcycles, but developed its aeronautics and space business with the assembly of aircraft engines, in collaboration with leading engine makers throughout the world, such as Rolls-Royce.

FN officially changed its name from Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre to Fabrique Nationale Herstal, and acquired Browning in the USA.

Fabrique Nationale Herstal continued to grow with the opening of manufacturing facilities in the US to service a growing military customer base in North America in 1981. Soon after, however, a drastic restructuring plan started in Belgium. Société Générale de Belgique decided to sell FN. 
In 1989, Fabrique Nationale was rebranded FN Herstal, and together with Browning International (Hunting and Shooting), became the newly founded Herstal Group, mainly owned by French Giat Industries. 
The same year, the Group took over the reins of US Repeating Arms Company (USRAC) based in New Haven, Connecticut, to produce licensed Winchester guns. The brand name, however, was retained by Olin Corporation.

1997 was a significant milestone for the Herstal Group as it was sold by Giat Industries to the Walloon Region of Belgium, who became the sole shareholder. New strategy and new policy resulted in both FN Herstal and Browning developing and expanding their respective product lines while keeping firearms at the core of their business. This is still the Group’s policy today.
At the end of the 1990s, FN Herstal opened an additional US subsidiary, FNH USA, dedicated to the development, marketing and sale of firearms to North America’s defense and law enforcement services along with the commercial market.

The Herstal Group engages in a redeploymnet program of its product portfolios keeping firearms as a central element.
USRAC factory closed down in the second part of the decade, but Browning continued producing rifles and shotguns under the Winchester brand license (which is owned by Olin Corporation) at its own production facilities for delivery around the globe.
In 2008, the Ars Mechanica Foundation was born to preserve, develop and share the Herstal Group’s rich heritage. 

The Herstal Group pursues its redeployment program and reinforces its worldwide presence through newly acquired subsidiaries. In 2011, FN Herstal purchased Finnish company Noptel, which is specialized in laser range finding technology. When celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2014, FN Herstal also acquired UK based Manroy (now FNH UK) and consolidated its two US-based subsidiaries, FN Manufacturing and FNH USA, into a single entity, FN America.
Both the Defense/Security and Hunting/Sport Shooting businesses of the Herstal Group continue to innovate to provide customers around the world with a complete range of state-of-the art, groundbreaking small caliber firearms, ammunition and associated solutions.