Challenge accepted; I just tried it and it wasn't all that hard, IMO. At the start of the scenario, I sent all 8x Intruders with GBU-12s against the H3 ammo revetments, escorted by Tomcats and all 5x of my HARM-armed Prowlers. No tankers needed. I took out the SA-6s at H3 and H2, and the SA-2 site near H2 (by "take out", I mean I killed their radars; the units themselves were still on the map, but unable to shoot me), and 6 revetments (they take 2 GBU-12s each). No losses. Meanwhile all of my other planes are being refitted: A-6s with GBU-10/BLU-109s, F-18s with HARMs, SLAMs, and Walleyes, A-7s with buddy stores.
6 hours later the second wave is ready. F-18s with HARMs to Taqaddum to do a SEAD strike and F-18s with Walleyes to H3 to hit the rest of the revetments (turns out Walleyes don't work well against hardened shelters), each strike tanked by 8x A-7s with buddy stores. Also launched 4x A-6s with GBU-10s to hit the hardened shelters at H3.
The F-14s took care of 2 MiG-25 and 2 J-7s that came up.
The Walleyes took care of the rest of the revetments at H3 and the A-6 killed all the hardened aircraft shelters except 1, so there's 1 more shelter left and the ammo bunker. I sent another 4x A-6s to take care of those. No more SEAD is needed once the SA-6 is down because you can fly high enough to stay out of the flak, and if you pick your approach carefully the ZSUs are too far away to defend the specific buildings you need to hit.
At Taqaddum, the HARMs killed the 2 SA-2s, then 2 SA-3s (again, killing only the radars), then the Roland, and I shot the rest of the HARMs at ZSU-23s (Gun Dish radars), killing one unit entirely and damaging two others. I had ample fuel at the target area.
Everyone was running on fumes by the time they got back to the carrier, and I had to launch my KA-6Ds as recovery tankers to get a couple of my F-14s back, but they all made it, and if I had paid more attention to fuel states during the mission I wouldn't have needed the recovery tanking anyway.
Third wave was F-18s with SLAMs against Taqaddum, tanked by 8x A-7s again. Fuel still no problem. I escorted them with a couple Prowlers with HARMs which I used to fully kill the last ZSU covering the target buildings. I was expecting to have to do a follow-up strike since there are 23 targets at Taqaddum and I only had 16 SLAMs but it turns out the first 1 or 2 missiles had a big enough blast to kill all the targets so the rest just stirred up the rubble.
Takeaway lessons I got from all this: 8x A-7s with buddy stores can tank 8x F/A-18s all the way to Taqaddum no problem. The SAMs are pretty weak, and you only have to hit a few of them to clear the way for your attacks. The ZSU-23s can be a pain, but you can hit them with leftover HARMs.
At the end of these attacks I had 4500 points, Major Victory, and over 10 hours left, enough time for at least one more strike, maybe two. I have a full squadron of A-6s with GBU-10s ready to go, and 1.5 hours before I have two squadrons of F-18s, one with Walleyes and one with HARMs, and my A-7s will all be turned around by then and ready for another tanker mission. The only remaining targets are the runways at H2, so my plan would be to run in a SEAD strike with the HARMs and then BLU-109 the runways into submission, but I've established to my own satisfaction that range and SEAD capability is not a problem in this scenario.
Granted the USAF does have better units but it's totally do-able with the Navy.
Here's the losses/expenditures I ended up with:
2x Vehicle (Straight Flush [1S91])
16x Ammo Revetment
3x Vehicle (Fan Song F [RSNA-75M])
9x SA-2f Guideline Mod 1 Single Rail
3x Vehicle (Spoon Rest C [P-12])
2x MiG-25P Foxbat A
2x F-7B Fishbed [MiG-21 Copy]
4x A/C Hardened Aircraft Shelter (1x Medium Aircraft)
2x A/C Hardened Aircraft Shelter (1x Large Aircraft)
3x SA-7a Grail [9K32 Strela-2] MANPADS
2x Vehicle (Flat Face B [P-19])
2x Vehicle (Low Blow [SNR-125])
4x SA-3b Goa Twin Rail
2x Roland 2
5x 23mm ZSU-23-4 Shilka
1x Ammo Bunker (Surface)
23x Building (Medium)
3x SA-2f Guideline Mod 1 [S-75M2 Volkhov, 5YA23 / V-759]
3x SA-6a Gainful [3M9]
3x AA-6 Acrid A [R-40R, SARH]
4x Generic Chaff Salvo [5x Cartridges]
17x 23mm ZSU-23-4 Shilka Burst [50 rnds]
2x SA-3b Goa [5V27, V-601P]
23x AGM-88B HARM
16x GBU-12D/B Paveway II LGB [Mk82]
12x AIM-7M Sparrow III
1x Generic Chaff Salvo [5x Cartridges]
16x AGM-62B Walleye II ER/DL
14x GBU-10J/B Paveway II LGB [BLU-109/B]
16x AGM-84E SLAM
Edit: I just went ahead and launched the last strike. It turns out that the runways at H2 are not targets as far as the points system goes, but they're marked as targets on the map. Targets that give you points are the hardened aircraft shelters. I hit them with A-6s, with a SEAD strike of F-18s tanked by A-7s and got a Triumph, 5300 points total, zero losses.
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