The wingspan of the Rafale is 10.9m with its MICA missiles and only 10.21m without them. Removing its external pylons gives a further 60cm and tilting it as shown in the picture gives a gain in wingspan and length.
Yeah. But what about safety clearance? You expect the airmen to accurately manage to fit the Rafale on the lift every single time down to cm accuracy? And what about when the ship is rocking and rolling at higher sea states? Will the Rafale only be a good weather jet? This is not a workable solution from the very beginning.
But the most important question, what about Vikramaditya? You do realise you have to prove it on both carriers, right?