What is IGMDP?
A. Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme
B. Integrated Guided Missile Design Programme
C. Integrated Guided Missile Development Plan.
D. International Guided Missile Development Programme.

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Hint: The Indian Ministry of Defence develops a comprehensive range of Missiles. The Defence Research and Development Organisation manages these programmes along with the partnership of the Defence Ministry.

Complete answer: The IGMDP stands for the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. It is a programme that is undertaken by the Defence Ministry of India. This Programme was the brainchild of the late President of India and an eminent scientist Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam. His dream was to make India attain self-sufficiency in Missile technology. Dr Kalam was the director of the Defence Research and Development Laboratory(DRDL). The team consisted of the members from the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Defence production. Keeping in mind the requirements, the team suggested the development of five missile systems. They were named as Prithvi, Agni, Trishul, Akash and Nag. This programme was developed during the tenure of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Defence Ministers R. Venkataraman and V.S Arunachalam who was the scientific advisors of the Defence Ministers.

Note: The Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme was designed by Abdul Kalam who previously was the project director of SLV3 and ISRO. He became the Director of Defence Research and Development Laboratory in 1983. The title ‘Missile Man’ of India has been conferred to Abdul Kalam.