Pl. see your previous post about tankers being too easy to shoot down. A Rafale will easily pick up a Y-20 or H-6U and shoot it down with Meteor.
they'll get refueled on the way back to base, after expending their AShMs. The Russians may also send MiG-31s with A-50/100 &/ tankers- 4 of them can scan the area 800km wide & detect Rafales refueling other Rafales. They practiced flying H-6Ks with Tu-95MSs-which have 15,000 km (9,300 mi, 8,100 nmi) unrefueled range; the Tu-142 Combat range=6,500 km (4,000 mi, 3,500 nmi)- both can be escorted by MiG-31s/J-20s & detect a CSG:
The Tu-22M3s may also join in; their Range: 6,800 km (4,200 mi, 3,700 nmi)
Combat range: 2,410 km (1,500 mi, 1,300 nmi) with typical weapons load
Armament: Up to 3 × Kh-22/Kh-32 missiles in weapons bay and on wing pylons or
Up to 6 × Kh-15 missiles on a MKU-6-1 rotary launcher in its bomb bay, plus 4 × Raduga Kh-15 missiles on two underwing pylons for a total of 10 missiles per aircraft.
Up to 4 × Kh-47M2 Kinzhal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kh-32#Performance_specificationsKh-47M2 Kinzhal Operational range
2000+ km (MiG-31K) 3000 km (Tu-22M3)
Since NATO declared Russia & China their adversaries, China won't be alone against CSGs. No need to rely on CV-16/17/18 engaging CVNs.
The only thing they have proven is that they can hit a stationary parking lot in the shape of a Nimitz class carrier. In order to prove the capability they would need to hit a moving ship in the middle of the ocean
The "middle of the ocean" would be just off Hawaii, not in the W. Pacific. In any case, as soon as a near miss is detected, a CSG will turn & leave the area as fast as it can. There could be dozens of more BMs on the way & they won't risk of being sunk by a lucky shot!
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