General Ahmed Miqani, Iran’s Air Force commander, declared that the air force was ready to destroy whomsoever would enter Iranian airspace, according to the Iranian Fars news agency. “If any step is taken against the territorial integrity of Iran, the Iranian Air Force will respond in the shortest time and with crushing force until the complete destruction of the attackers,” said Miqani.
Iran's Air Force is plagued by technical problems. Several serious accidents have occurred in the past few years, most recently the crash of a fighter plane on patrol in southern Iran about a month ago. The plane's crew members were killed in the crash.