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The engine used is the Kuznetsov NK-12. After a little Google searching I found this.

The biggest problems for the turboprop engines were being resolved quickly. The largest of these problems was to have a propeller capable of absorbing great power without having very large diameter and not be very wide blades. The diameter limits the propeller speed because the tips of the blades to spin at supersonic speed, they lose much of their efficiency. A string (wide) very large blade generates too much drag and wastes excessive power.

The solution was found in the form of two counter-rotating propellers mass coaxial 4 blades each. Propellers counter-rotating coaxial were common in nautical use, especially in torpedoes, but were not very usual in aviation. It was a good solution, even having disadvantages such as increased mechanical complexity and weight powerplant assembly.

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The specific consumption of the NK-12 engine, 0.360 lb / hp-hour, is well below the consumption of turboprop engines of the same generation as Americans Allison 501A, 4,100 HP and specific consumption of 0.490 lb / hp-hour, or even much more modern engines.

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