It's most likely an acronym, but what does it mean exactly? (In German it's WBF, bonus points for that one).

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From the Starcraft 1 manual (where the unit debuted), emphasis mine:

SCV Role: Space Construction Vehicle
 Armament: Fusion Cutters

Initially used during the reconstruction of the Tarsonian Orbital Platforms, the T-280 SCV (Space Construction Vehicle) became a staple in intra-Colonial construction and engineering due to its ability to perform a multitude of tasks, including the construction of new buildings and the transportation of raw resource materials. It is this versatility, and an unmatched reliability, that make the SCV an invaluable tool in rapidly establishing Marine encampments and strike bases on any terrain.

Edit: I found a picture of a German version of the Terran Tech Tree.

WBF stands for Weltraumbau-Fahrzeug (or Weltraumbaufahrzeug) alt text

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    And the German is simply a literal translation of the English, here.
    – JavadocMD
    Nov 30, 2010 at 21:24
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    @JavadocMD Indeed Weltraum-bau-fahrzeug in Google Translate provides that exact translation.
    – C. Ross
    Nov 30, 2010 at 21:41
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    I love it when you use pictures to prove something. Makes this feel more like a first party source of information
    – tzenes
    Nov 30, 2010 at 22:56
  • My favorite is the German localization of Marine: Space-Marine! Sep 15, 2011 at 2:03

It stands for 'Space Construction Vehicle'. Heres a link


SCV = Space Construction Vehicle WBF (german) = Weltraum Bau Fahrzeug

so exactly the same akronym in german

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    The accepted answer already says all of this.
    – Vemonus
    Oct 21, 2016 at 21:13

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