I am translating a CV into English. One of the mentioned companies is (directly translated):

An international company operating in the industry of electronics for military use

I could write this and leave it at that, but I wondered whether there are better ways to express it. Defense Contractor comes to mind:

An international defense contractor for the electronics industry

Is there a better way to translate this sentence?

  • Your second version is fine. In 1999 British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merged to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defense contractor Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 14:21
  • "a leading electronic systems supplier to the defense sector".
    – Graffito
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 15:58

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An international military electronics company

This seems to be the most direct translation. I would avoid using the phrase "defense contractor", since that specifies a relationship between the company and a government (typically the United States government), which might not be the case here.

  • I do like your version, but at a first read it sounded like it was a military company in the electronics industry. I'll clarify with the CV owner whether there was really a contract with a government agency too. Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 15:32

/An international company operating in the industry of electronics for military use/ should read: An international company in the military electronics industry. The word operating sounds like a construction used in a Romance language; it is not needed in English. Typically, in English, one says: an x company in the y industry. Military electronics is an industrial sector.

  • Correct, translating from Italian. I copied it out directly to give out as much info as possible. Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 15:30
  • Yes, I know, I am also a translator working with three Romance languages. Cheers.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 15:33

I think your second sentence needs to be rearranged:

an electronics contractor for the defence sector

Your version suggests that the company provides security services to the electronics industry.

You could go with:

a contractor for the defence electronics sector

Or, most succinctly:

a defence electronics contractor


Honestly I would stick with your first sentence. Also, ensure the correct spelling of defense/defence for your target if you choose to go that route. American English would use the s, while British English would use the c.

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