franfran2424 wrote:The typhoon has 13 pylons which can carry up to 9000kg (7000kg if operating with a full fuel tank). 8 underwing, 5 under fuselage. 1 of those would be the targeting pod.

The F-35A has 10 pylons that can carry up to 8200kg. 4 internal, 6 external.

I don't know where does the confusion come from. It has more pylons, more max weight... It's better for ground attack considering fuel consumption too

Because it actually isn't that simple. Let's talk real weight first. Max-empty-internal fuel

Typhoon - 51,809-24,251-11,010 = 16,548 (7522kg)

F-35A - 70,000-29,300-18,250 = 22,450 (10,204kg, but pylon weight limited to 8,200kg)

The F-35A has a higher weight margin and the margin is so large that even putting the heaviest load possible on each pylon will not result in reaching max take-off weight.

Now let's talk pylons for an AG mission.

Typhoon - 13 pylons. 6 are dedicated AA pylons and 1 of the remaining pylons will carry the TGP. It has 6 AG pylons remaining. As we have discussed, only two of these are rated for large weapons.

F-35A - 11 pylons. Centerline will not be used as of now, but it is still there. 4 of the remaining 10 are dedicated AA pylons. It has 6 AG pylons and they are all rated for large weapons.

Same number of AG pylons, more high weight pylons on the F-35A, more weight capacity on the F-35A.

Assuming the AA pylons (not internal or semi-recessed) weigh 150lb and the AG pylons weight 300lb

Typhoon - 936kg of AAMs, 1,091kg of pylons, 208kg targeting pod. 5,287kg capacity for the 6 pylons with 4 of them limited to 500kg class weapons. Before adding AG weapons the Typhoon has a fuel fraction of 0.274 with a sensitivity of -0.014 per 1,000kg of added munitions.

F-35A - 475kg of AAMs, 682kg of pylons. 7,043kg capacity for the 6 pylons, 4 of them rated to 1,000kg class weapons while the other two are rated for 2,500kg class. Before adding AG weapons the F-35A has a fuel fraction of 0.364 with a sensitivity of -0.015 per 1,000kg of added munitions.

So, the F-35A has just as many AG stations as a Typhoon, can carry more on each station both based on station rating and MGTOW limits, and has a higher relative fuel load to carry to payload farther. If the Typhoon wants to add range it has to sacrifice the only two heavy stations it has.