BG (res.) Eytan Eshel was born in 1961. Married, with five children, his hobby is long distance running.
Eytan graduated in 1983 from Tel Aviv University with BSc in Electronic Engineering, and MBA Business Management in excellence, Tel Aviv University in 1994.
In 2015 Eytan joined Elisra Division of ELBIT Systems as Senior Vice President and member of the corporate management. He leads the Division’s business line of SIGINT, Ground and Naval EW and C4I.
In 2014 BG Eytan Eshel retired from his military service after a rich career of 31 years in the Air Force and MOD as the Head of Military R&D at the MOD’s DDR&D (Directorate of Defense Research & Development). Throughout his career he initiated, set up and led many major programs.
In 2010 Eytan was promoted to become Brigadier General as the Head of Military R&D with responsibility for the entire IDF’s R&D and full scale development programs. In addition, he was a member of the senior IDF team for defining the future forces buildup. He initiated and managed many grand scale international and cooperation programs with other countries.
In 2003 Eytan was nominated to be the Head of Electronic and EW Division as a Colonel, with responsibility for the R&D of Electronic systems in the areas of Radar, EW, Communication systems, C4I, Image processing, Sat-Com and SIGINT. He was responsible for international programs and led the largest IDF Full Scale development programs such as the Digital Army Program, a Communication Satellite, SAR Satellite, EW suites for fighter air-craft, and Radars. Two of the systems that he initiated won the prestigious highest Israel Defense Prize, awarded by the Defense Minister.
In 1999 Eytan was promoted to become a Colonel as Head of UAV program, with responsibility for the Largest IDF UAV program. During this period he personally won the MAFAT Prize for Innovation.
In 1999 Eytan was promoted to become a LTC as Head of Radar Branch in IMDO (Israel Missile Defense Organization) with responsibility for the development of the Fire Control Radar of the national active defense system against ballistic missiles.
1983 – 1996 Eytan served in the Israeli Air Force in a variety of duties in Detection and Identification area. He led the development and upgrade of Command & Control systems, Radars, and Identification systems.