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PRAGUE, June 16 (Reuters) - Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron, will submit an offer to the Czech government for 12 UH-1Y combat helicopters by the end of the summer, a U.S. Navy official said on Friday about a deal that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
If the Czech Republic buys the helicopters, it would be the first country outside the United States to purchase the combat aircraft used by the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Frank Morley told a news conference in Prague.
"Later this summer is when we are going to provide the offer to the government," he said.
The Czech Defence Ministry has asked Bell and Italy's Leonardo-Finmecanica to provide offers for a new generation of helicopters for the European Union country and NATO member.
The Czech government will have 120 days to decide once the offer has been received, a Bell official said.
Czech media has reported a deal could be signed in 2018, following a new government coming into place after a parliamentary election in October this year. (Reporting by Michael Kahn, editing by David Evans)