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10 Important Defense Documents You Should Translate (And Why)

As a defense contractor to militaries and governments, your products and services are likely subject to many strict guidelines, standards, policies, and NDAs. 

Put simply, there’s a lot to think about. 

If you’re working internationally, these practices and procedures can add another layer of complexity. So when it comes to translated defense documents, you need to be confident that the material you and your team use is clear and coherent, technically accurate, and highly detailed.

Any language-based misunderstandings or gaps in continuity won’t just slow down operations and risk sensitive information, they can be costly mistakes that leave you open to civil or criminal penalties. So it’s vital to get this correct.

We’re proud to be registered with the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), which makes us one of the very few language service providers who can meet the strict geographical, personnel, and infrastructure requirements.

In this article, we’ll run through the key defense documents you should translate and why.

1. Data Sheets

Data Sheets for defense contractors can hold a lot of vital information that’s likely to be sensitive and confidential.

Not only do we provide secure handling of these documents, but we can also assure complete precision when translating them too, avoiding any errors or inaccuracies that can lead to costly mistakes.

2. Interface Manuals

When it comes to your responsibilities in the delivery of services, an Interface Manual is an invaluable tool.

The manual should be translated with precision, accuracy, and a high level of detail to ensure everyone is on the same page with regard to duties and expectations.

3. Material Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are supplied to users when working with any materials or ingredients that come with risks.

This could be a chemical that becomes harmful when in contact with skin, for example.

To maintain a safe working environment for all, no matter the language barrier, the translation of your MSDS must be specific, clear, and high quality.

4. Multilingual Presentations

If sharing complex and possibly confidential information in the form of a presentation, it’s important for that material to be wholly accurate and detailed so everyone is kept on the same page.

More than this, translating the Presentation so that it’s contextually relevant to the audience will also help to reiterate information.

5. Operation and Maintenance Manuals

Operation and Maintenance Manuals are crucial for the smooth and safe running of your contractor work.

As well as outlining your safeguarding procedures, it allows you to keep staff up to speed no matter what language they work in.

Because of this, clear and detailed technical translations are vital.


6. Patents and Engineering Specifications

Patents and Engineering Specifications are highly technical legal documents that are likely to hold sensitive information.

For this reason, detail and accuracy in all chosen languages should be the key priority.

This will ensure the documents are clear and easily understood by all readers.

7. Product Catalogs

Getting across the technical details and specifications of your products and services is vital when sharing with a defense organization.

After all, your Product Catalog is likely to be one of the first ports of call they have with your company.

Because of this, it must read plainly and provide the correct level of technical detail, whatever the language.

8. Technical and Manufacturing Manuals

As with your Operation and Maintenance Manuals, any Technical And Manufacturing Manuals are likely to supply important information and specific technical details.

Precise and clear translations of this document will ensure that everyone who is involved with running and maintaining your product or device is kept safe, ensuring processes remain efficient.

9. Technical Documents and Drawings

Your Technical Documents and Drawings should clearly articulate how your defense product is built and the way it functions.

Whether for internal use within your team or provided to the organization you’re working for, it’s important for it to be read clearly, with all technical details remaining accurate post-translation.

10. User Manuals

Whether onboarding a new organization or internal employees, your User Manual is an essential document to run through technical details, instructions, and policies.

This means a high-quality and highly detailed translation is required in order to keep everyone on the same page and achieve the same goals. 

Get a Quote for Your Defense Document Translation 

When it comes to translating your defense documents, absolute security, technical accuracy, and detailed quality are essential. This can be highly sensitive or confidential content, after all.

Here at LinguaLinx, we have 20 years of professional translation experience. We’ve worked with global organizations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the U.S Department of Defense. Each of these entities demand absolute security and we deliver by working to strict guidelines, standards, policies and NDAs.

If you need to translate your defense material, we’d love to talk with you about it. Consultations are free and there’s no obligation.

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