1 could have a single heavy Ash/LACM like Brahmos while its escorts several AAMs; there's no need for them to fly too far from India. The IN CV/Ns' missions will be similar to Chinese CV/Ns' missions, but only in the N/C Indian ocean, Arabian Sea, & the bay of Bengal.
So India are going to hand over the secrets of Brahmos to the Americans to get them to integrate this single heavy missile for the F-18 which probably could not carry a single brahmos missile anyway... so that is the plan.... get their hands on a real supersonic anti ship missile by pinching the Brahmos... amusing.
even the USNAF wasn't shy about using land based 135 /KC-10 s since late 960s/1991.
They have bases in over 800 countries world wide with inflight refuelling aircraft distributed around the world ready for use. India does not.
.-$ don't smell; the IRAF adopted non-US made missiles for its F-4/5/14s; "who cares what the price of rice in China?"
The Iranians didn't pay the Americans to integrate new weapons... India wont be integrating new weapons herself... the US would have to do that which hands over all Indian secrets to the US... a country that also occasionally supports Pakistan when it is convenient...
Btw, the Indian AF operated MiG-25 s that r similar in size with F-18E/F s.
My arse is probably similar in size to Mike Tysons arse, but I don't pretend we are alike in any other practical way.
Indian AF is not the same as Indian Navy, and the MiG-25 is nothing at all like the F-18.
Boeing released a clip of a Hornet doing a ski jump.
If it can't do it with a useful load on board then it matters not whether it can do it or not.