MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Saturday successfully test fired its new nuclear-capable Bulava intercontinental missile which it hopes will become a key strategic weapon despite a string of setbacks, the Kremlin said. The missile was fired from the Yury Dolgoruky submarine in the White Sea to its target area the Pacific Ocean at the distance of its maximum range, which is believed to be 8,000km. "Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov reported to President Dmitry Medvedev that the latest test of the intercontinental ballistic missile Bulava was successful," the Kremlin said.