tu204 wrote:Why they decided to send in another missile?
They see a threat (sequence as I posted somewhere above), shoot at it, it gets hit but the target doesn't fall in pieces but continues, mainly intact and towards them. So obviously either they missed, the missile detonated too far away to create major damage, and it is still a threat, right?
Right, the SAM operator was convinced the target was a cruise missile. From his point of view, he thought the first missile missed, because the "cruise missile" was still continuing on its course and not dropping out of the sky. So he fired a second missile. After the second missile hit, the plane started veering way off course and away from the military area, so no need to fire a third missile.
(In actuality, the first missile did hit. It knocked out the ADS-B and probably all the avionics. But the Tor/SA-15 missile was intended against cruise missiles and fighters, so the explosive is not powerful enough to immediately drop an airliner out of the sky.)