Survival Kit, Crew Survival System (CSS) Desert

Lightweight, Compact, Modular. The Crew Survival System (CSS), designed in conjunction with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, is a two-person, 48 hour modular Survival Ruck with “Bug Out Bag,” functionality. Designed to replace legacy aircrew survival kits weighing 80+ lbs, the CSS kit weighs just 23lbs.

LSI Product ID: survival-kit-crew-survival-system-css-desert

The CREW SURVIVAL SYSTEM (CSS) DESERT kit is a two-person, 48 hours modular Survival Ruck for operations over desert terrain. The CSS Kit series was designed to replace legacy Aircrew Survival Kits weighing over 80LBS. The CSS Desert Kit’s bag and contents were thoroughly reviewed for efficiency and effectiveness while keeping the kit lightweight (25LBS). Specially designed for an Aircrew working over the Sahara Desert, LSI modified the CSS Kit to combat the unique challenges faced in a desert environment. Enhancing the original CSS Kit, the CSS Desert Kit incorporates tools to aid in building shelter in an area with little vegetation and a fourth module for signaling.  


Sustainment Module
  • 24 Month Shelf Life
  • Vacuum Packed

Medical Module
  • No Expiration Date
  • Vacuum Packed

Signaling Module
  • No Expiration Date
  • Vacuum Packed

Survival Module

  • No Expiration Date
  • Vacuum Packed


+ Total Dimensions: 14” x 9” x  22”
+ Main Compartment Dimensions: 13” x 8” x 21”

2600 cubic inches (42L)

Weight of CSS:
+ 25lbs


+ Stowable shoulder straps to reduce snag hazards while bag is mounted to the frame.
+ Material: 1050-Denier Water and Abrasion Resistant Ballistic Nylon Fabric
+ Material is Triple Polyurethane Coated for Water Resistance
+ Padding Material: #AS-100 High Grade Closed-Cell Foam for Superior Shock Protection
+ Main zippers are lockable for inventory control.
+ Weather resistant index card identification pocket.

Spec Sheet
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