with a MKI type super heavy payload , i believe the rafale would have to use 3 large drop tanks to match the combat radius, leaving just the 2nd pylons free for a 3 pack of bombs each and outboard pylons for aam. only the AASM or SDB might go on these triple-pylons.https://defense-update.com/20140127_raf ... ation.html
This configuration comprise a full increment of six air-to-air and six air-to-ground weapons. The air-to-ground ordnance includes six Sagem/MBDA Hammer guided weapons (AASM), carried on two triple-ejector racks, designed specifically for the weapon.
The weapons would take less than a third of the fighter’s payload – the rest will be used to carry fuel to sustain the long range missions the fighter is required to perform. The Rafale can carry up to 9.5 tons of payload (21,000 lbs). To support missions at extended ranges the fighter also carries three 524 gallons (2,000 litre) fuel tanks weighing additional 6.7 tons (14,700 lbs) that will top up the fighter’s internal fuel capacity of 4.7 t (10,300 lbs).
this is the heaviest payload shown..if we replace the 4 mica with some aasm/sdb the a2g delivery comes to 10 weapons and 2 wingtip aam.
the twin seater Rafale surely sacrifices some fuel to accomodate the wso as its the exact same size.
the MKI carries all its fuel internally so will not suffer the drag penalty of the 3 tanks, and can continue on its mission without the scrap if a situation leads to drop tanks needing jettison.
it can cart some 18-20 bombs of the same size + 2 aam. ie twice that of the rafale.
a F15E can do the same....these are simply larger wider airframes with room to mount a lot of pylons.
in case of F15E this is carried to extreme with side pylons of the CFTs down to the tailpipes