Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply a unique replenishment-at-sea (RAS) system to the UK Royal Navy.

Under the £25m contract, Rolls-Royce has already completed the detailed design phase of the project and will also build a land-based demonstrator to trial the new equipment.

The new system will enable transfer of heavier-than-ever loads quickly and safely between moving ships.

UK Ministry of Defence equipment and support organisation Afloat Support head Commodore Preston said the training facility would help train Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary crews in real-time operational scenarios.

Work on the land-based demonstrator will be carried out at the Royal Navy primary training facility at HMS Raleigh, near Plymouth, UK.