The US’ ‘Achilles Heel’ isn’t the vulnerable support planes, it’s the US’ cyber security. “Byzantine Hades” a Chinese cyber attack on the US which gave them according to the Snowden leaks “the air refueling schedules of the entire U.S. Pacific Command, the military command that would be engaged in any future conflict with China.”
“The refueling schedules could reveal to the Chinese how Pacific Air Forces conduct operations in wartime and how they are supported in military operations over long distances of the Pacific.”
So for all of you arguing about Chinese sensors being unable to detect, track and engage US support aircraft the fact is that the Chinese stole the sensors for the F-22 & F-35 and the airframes themselves.
They don’t need to detect the planes because they will know exactly where they will be in the event of conflict because US Cybersecurity is garbage and focused more on spying on the US citizenry than its adversaries.