SMG Defence is the brand of translation services for the defence and arms industry by Studio Moretto Group.
Since 1996, we have supported companies and institutions by providing innovative translation, editing and communication services in all languages, guaranteed by the SMG Languages quality assurance.

Operating in the defence sector since 1996, today we are a multinational group strongly focused on specialisation and capable of supporting public and private clients across the world, with the absolute guarantee of confidentiality.

Working in over 160 languages, our native language translators and interpreters are highly experienced in military, technical and diplomatic fields and all our services are ISO 17.100 and UNI EN 15.038 certified. We are proud to offer our services in this industry!

Military and classified translations

Technical translations for the defence and arms sector, with quality assured by ISO 17.100 and UNI EN 15038 certification. For example, we translate technical and legal documents such as weapons manuals, safety data sheets and all types of classified documents.

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Simultaneous, consecutive and chuchotage interpreters for conferences, meetings, missions abroad and tactical situations.

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Terminology research and Glossaries

For our services, we use specialised glossaries, such as the ‘Arms and Defence’ glossary, compiled using computational linguistics and covering specific technical areas such as arms, ammunition, bladed weapons and targeting systems. The service includes an extensive analysis based on predetermined keywords to identify documents of interest.

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Text localisation

Linguistic and cultural adaptation of translations for the defence and arms industry: this professional language support is aimed at optimising texts in line with the cultural paradigms of the target audience.

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Preparation and updating of documents laid out according to the client’s requests. The service includes the use of commercially available page-setting and graphics software, as well as possible custom platforms.

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Translation and subtitling of videos for easier comprehension of dialogue.

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Intercultural mediation

Our mediators provide support in situations where there is the risk of language or cultural misunderstanding. For example, we can intervene to facilitate negotiations or to support the population in emergency situations.

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Conference and simultaneous interpreting systems

Systems and equipment rental for conferences, meetings and events, including booths for interpreters, translation consoles, audience receivers, portable guided tour systems, audiovisual systems, microphones, LED walls, etc. The service includes installation and support from expert technicians during the course of your event.

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I nostri principali clienti

Beretta Holding S.A.
Italian navy
OTO Melara S.p.A.
Franchi S.p.A.
Outdoor Enterprise SA
Chief of the Defence Staff of Belgium
Benelli Armi
Ministero della Difesa
Arma dei Carabinieri

Translations for the Italian arms industry guaranteed by the licence pursuant to Art. 28 of the Consolidated Law on Public Security (TULPS)

Many companies and institutions operating in the arms industry in Italy often select their suppliers from among those authorised to manufacture and market arms.

This authorisation is normally granted in order to regulate and limit the manufacturing and marketing of these products, as in Italy and Europe they are, by nature, subject to stringent regulations. In particular, in Italy, the import and export of military weapons were initially regulated by the Consolidated Law on Public Security (Testo Unico delle Leggi di Pubblica Sicurezza, TULPS), later replaced by Law No 185 of 9 July 1990. Therefore, to date, a special licence is required in order to manufacture and market military weapons and similar weapons, which is granted by the prefectures subject to compliance with very strict requirements and criteria.

Companies not directly involved in the manufacturing and marketing of arms can also apply for this licence if their customers include companies in the arms industry and they wish to secure their services with an additional guarantee of specialisation that certifies their expertise in the field.

Studio Moretto Group holds this authorisation, which is renewed every two years, and can guarantee to all clients in the arms and defence sector that the translations produced by our linguists comply with the highest industry standards, adhere to the regulations governing the handling of classified information privacy, and ensure a high level of terminological accuracy.

Furthermore, as a supplier to the armed forces, Studio Moretto Group certifies that all translations produced are managed in full compliance with the principle of confidentiality, according to strict internal procedures and through security systems that guarantee the proper handling of information classified as ‘Restricted’, ‘Confidential’, ‘Secret’ and ‘Top Secret’.

Case Study - SMG Defence

Beretta Holding SA: supporting italian excellence in the arms industry

Dedicated translators and interpreters, training on specialist terminology, long-standing partnership

Since 2007, Studio Moretto Group’s SMG Defence has providied specialised language services to Beretta and its subsidiaries and affiliates within the arms and defence industry. Beretta is an international leader in the arms market, as well as the oldest active industrial dynasty.

For the Beretta group, which includes the historic Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta SpA, we have delivered translations of technical manuals, legal documents and contracts relating to weapons, targeting optics, clothing and other accessories for sports, hunting and warfare.

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The complexity of the technical terminology in the commissioned texts requires a high level of sectoral knowledge and an in-depth study of the technological specificities of Beretta-made weapons. The synergy and the mutual trust developed over our long-standing partnership was key to SMG Defence’s depth of understanding of the client’s language needs and the resulting ideal and customised solutions provided.

Over the years, our dedicated translators have had the opportunity to get to know all about the arms industry, frequently visiting the Fabbrica d’Armi Beretta and attending various training courses on the features and functioning of the weapons and technologies described in their translations.

In addition, SMG Defence and its native-speaker experts have also provided simultaneous and consecutive interpreting services for major events such as kick-off meetings, new product presentations, conferences and business negotiations.


Italian Navy: Venice Regional Seapower Symposium

International military conferences, simultaneous interpreting system installation

The Regional Seapower Symposium of Venice for the Navies of the Mediterranean and Black Sea, organised by the Italian Navy, is the leading forum in the Wider Mediterranean and has the primary purpose of fostering an open and constructive exchange of views and ideas to promote a global approach to many sea-related issues.

In 2017, 2019 and 2022, Studio Moretto Group’s SMG Defence was awarded the contract to provide simultaneous interpreting services in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Greek, Russian, Chinese and Japanese for the more than 200 participants, representing more than 60 Navies across the world.

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The Italian Navy took into careful consideration our interpreters’ professionalism, expertise and considerable experience in the field of international military conferences, decisive factors in awarding the contract, along with the added bonus that SMG Defence can also supply and install the necessary simultaneous interpreting systems and equipment to carry out the service.
These factors, together with the success achieved by the global Symposium, were fundamental for our reconfirmation as the official language partner for following editions.

For SMG Defence, taking part in this important event and offering out simultaneous interpreting services during the numerous speeches and conferences on military, maritime and naval issues, was a significant learning experience, as well as a source of great pride and satisfaction.

SMG Defence has been chosen by:


  • Beretta Holding S.A. (Italy)
  • Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Leonardo-Finmeccanica S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Humbert CTTS (France)
  • Iveco Defence Vehicles S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Benelli Armi S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Franchi S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Outdoor Enterprise S.A. (Switzerland)
  • Fabarm S.p.A. (Italy)
  • S.E.I. S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Sabatti S.p.A. (Italy)
  • OTO Melara S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Falco Arms Srl (Italy)
  • Chiappa Firearms Srl (Italy)
  • Investarm Srl (Italy)
  • Cæsar Guerini Srl (Italy)
  • Davide Pedersoli & C. Snc (Italy)
  • Fratelli Tanfoglio Snc (Italy)
  • Armeria CF di Cornacchia G. (Italy)


Schools and universities

  • Institute of Military Maritime Studies (Italy)


  • Ministry of Defence (Spain)
  • Chief of the Defence Staff (Belgium)
  • Chief of the Defence Staff (Italy)
  • General Staff of the Navy (Italy)
  • COMSUBIN – Italian Navy (Italy)
  • General Staff of the Army (Italy)
  • National Proof House (Italy)
  • Barcelona Police (Spain)
  • Bilbao Police (Spain)
  • Marbella Police (Spain)
  • ROS – Carabinieri Special Operations Group (Italy)

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