PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — Raytheon, a major Rhode Island industrial employer, unveiled a new facility on its Portsmouth campus in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

Several local leaders, including Congressman David Cicilline and U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, were on hand to congratulate the company on its growth and the opening of the “Combat Systems Integration Lab.”

The new facility is part of an $8 million investment by Raytheon and its work will include designing and testing radar equipment for the U.S. Navy.

Reed said the facility allows for cross-platform work, which will be a big help to the armed forces.

“This facility will allow them to collaborate across not only their company but other companies, the Naval Warfare Center, internationally,” Reed said. “The other thing it will help do is drive down the risk and cost of developing new systems. That means we can get more affordable platforms for the men and women of our armed forces.”

Raytheon also recently announced the addition of 150 new jobs in Portsmouth. The company said approximately two-thirds of the open position will be engineering jobs.