Sikorsky plans to upgrade its S-92 helicopter in the near future, it has announced at the biannual Helitech exhibition.

The firm will increase the maximum gross weight of the helicopter from 26,500lb to above 27,000lb.

The durability of the main gear box of the helicopter will be improved and Sikorsky will achieve limited icing certification for S-92.

The helicopter will also have a fully coupled and automated approach capability to allow pilots to approach offshore platforms with greater safety.