From a comment to the surprisingly-popular post:
Now all we need is the 10mm “caseless” ammo to replace the 5.56mm “gutless” ammo.
Offered without comment.
UPDATE: If I had realized that the post would get so much commentary from readers, I would have done a more in-depth analysis. Seems like it would be fun. Maybe another day.
But I wanted to point out something that occurred to me after I wrote it. I noted that the Colonial Marines in the ALIENS future used wheeled APCs (a bit similar to the Stryker, maybe?) but that they had apparently solved the air-transportability issue by then.
Actually, now that I think about it, we only saw the air transport going DOWN (an “express elevator straight to hell”, I think was what Hudson called it) from orbit to the planet’s surface. We only see that dropship transport moving horizontally or up *without* an APC in the hold. We only *assume* that the transport can take off from the planet with an APC aboard.
Again, a bit similar to the Stryker, maybe?