03/31/2013. Remarks by Loet Kuipers: "The Mi-38 is a twin-engined medium helicopter, a development of the Mi-8 series, to be used as a civil and military transport helicopter. It should replace the numerous Mi-8 helicopters, but there are severe delays in production and development, the first prototype made its first flight on December 22, 2003, the second made its first flight seven years later, December 2, 2010.
The first prototype has two Pratt&Whitney Canada PW127T/5 turboshafts installed, the pictured second prototype is completely Russian, with two 2,500 shp Klimov TV7-117V turboshafts installed. It has a full digital cockpit and fly by wire control system and a six-blade main rotor. The tail rotor consists of two independent two-blade rotors in X-configuration. The Mi-38 has accommodation for two cockpit crew and 44 passengers or 11,023 lb (5,000 kg) payload internally."